Filipinos really value their pride as a race.
Every time an international celebrity is talked about, Filipinos will try to find if they have a single drop of Filipino blood, then #filipinopride ensues.
Never make a mistake of offending their high pride, because you will get into trouble:
Korean actress Lee Da Hae drew flaks from the Filipino community when she made fun of their accent when speaking English. The actress made an apology afterwards. Meanwhile, Tagalogs still make fun of Cebuano’s thick accent when they speak Filipino.
When Iran defeated Gilas Pilipinas last year in the prestigious basketball tournament, the middle-eastern nation received racist comments from Filipino netizens who can’t accept Gilas Pilipinas’s defeat.
Polish blogger Agness Walewinder chose to go hungry than eat Filipino street food again. The Filipino pride taught her a lesson – she should pick the right Filipino food than go to random places to eat.
An episode of the comedy-drama series Desperate Housewives offended the Filipino pride when the character Susan Mayer (played by Teri Hatcher) told her gynecologist she’s making sure those diplomas don’t come from some med schools in the Philippines. The show producer and ABC studio apologized, but Senator Bong Revilla still wasn’t satisfied.
When Juan Manuel Marquez knocked out Pacquiao in their fight last 2012, teen pop star Justin Bieber posted photoshopped images of Pacquiao lying face down. But apparently, these “funny” images were taken seriously by the Philippine Congress, threatening Bieber to declare him persona non grata. Good thing Bieber visited the Yolanda victims, but that doesn’t change the fact that he insulted the #filipinopride.
American actress Claire Danes went to the Philippines in 1998 to film Brokedown Palace. Later, she was quoted that the city (Manila) “smelled of cockroaches, with rats all over and that there is no sewerage system and the people do not have anything—no arms, no legs, no eyes”. She was declared persona non grata and her film was subsequently banned from being shown in the country.
Offend the Filipinos’ faith and you’ll receive an open letter telling you that you’re wrong. Dan Brown’s latest book Inferno describes Manila as “the gates of hell“, inciting the Filipinos’ anger (even though they haven’t read the book). Clearly, they have just been Dan Browned. As a result the book’s popularity shot to the roof.
In 2009, actor Alec Baldwin offended the Pinoy pride when he remarked on the David Letterman Show that he was thinking about getting a Filipino mail-order bride. Immigration Commissioner Marcelino Libanan said that Baldwin is forbidden from entering the country as he is deemed an undesirable alien.
Hong Kong-based writer Chip Tsao wrote an article calling the Philippines “a nation of servants, you don’t flex your muscles at your master, from whom you earn most of your bread and butter”.
The Philippine government subsequently banned him from entering the country but a month later the ban was lifted since the Philippines is a “forgiving” country.
Never say ‘no’ to an invitation – especially from the Marcoses – even if you’re as famous as The Beatles. In 1966, then first lady Imelda Marcos invited The Beatles for a breakfast at the Palace. The band didn’t arrive, causing severe uproar that when they left the country, they probably got traumatized as “little bands of demonstrators suddenly appeared, grabbing them and trying to hit them”. The band didn’t go back to the Philippines again.